Thursday, November 1, 2012
Omega-3s Are Essential For Good Health
It is absolutelt true that our bodies need Omega-3 fatty abids to stay healthy. Omefa-3s are critical for maintaining cell walls, for balancing the ying and yang of bleeding and blood clotting, for lowering blood triglycerides (fats in the blood) and for limiting inflammation. And yet, like vitamin C and other vitamins, Omega-3s can not be produced by our bodies and we have to consume them by mouth. During pre-agricultural times, it was easy to get our Omega-3s. Animals grazed on flax and other plants rich in Omega-3s, and so the meats people used to eat were rich in healthy oils. Hunters also ate lots of oily nuts and oily fish, which happen to be some other good source of Omegas. Unfortunately, today our meals are depleted of Omega-3s, making it more difficult to get our Omega-3 in diet. To make matters more worse, our consumption of healthy nuts and oily fish has dropped and majority of the fast-food restaurants cook with an unhealthy mix of oils. However, all this does not mean that we need to take fish -oil capsules to maintain good heart health. We simply need to make effort eat our Omega-3s. Here are 4 quick hints how to do that:- *-- Eat like the people who live around Mediterranean sea. In general, the more your diet resembles the so-called Mediterranean diet-- rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, the more you are getting Omega-3s. *-- Eat Salmon at least twice a week. *-- Make almonds and walnuts your primary snack foods, they are the healthiest of the nuts. *-- Add ground flax powder, they are rich in Omega-3s, to your home cooking including in home made breads, pancakes, muffins and oatmeal. Adhering to Mediterranean style diets is the best way to get Omega-3s. Omega 3s supplements are recommended for those people who are at greater risks of developing heart diseases and can not stick to healthier diets. Take home point is that Omega-3s do protect the heart and saves lives, but that, if we are getting healthy balanced Mediterranean style diet.